Judson Yaggy

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    Bristol, Vermont, USA

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  1. kick press

    I had one for a while 10 years ago or so... didn't find much use for it. Like Beaudry said, thin work pieces.
  2. Little anvil, crummy vise, wicked good press. Buy em all, sell the first 2 for a profit, and get paid to own a nice press. The wheel/weight shoud be removeable, as well as the legs, for a more user friendly moving package.
  3. Refflinghaus or Ridgid ?

    Rat Hole (Fontanini)! Another made in the USA.
  4. What Anvil is most common in your area for sale?

    Peter Wright by a good amount, followed by no name mousehole style old english. This being New England that makes a kind of sense.
  5. It followed me home

    Give it all back except for that drill press... it's a gem. Everything else is either inexpensive or available elswhere. But an old American iron press is worth it's weight in gold. Point out to them that the chuck key is missing, the switch is defective, the wires going into the light are frayed, and there are NO osha approved guards or emergency kill switches, and it lacks the required safety stickers and labeling. (wink)
  6. Shop crane

    I too would have done a home built jib if I hadn't pulled into a New England Blacksmith's meet tailgaiting area and parked next to a buddy who was selling 3 jibs he removed for free from a bankrupt manufacturing shop (ahh, lovely New England). He was asking just enough to cover his entry fee. We did the deal before I even got out of truck! Our winters are warmer than they used to be but I still get jealous when folks talk about working in a few inches of snow or how the slack tub had a skim of ice on it! (How do you know you are a Vermont blacksmith? You toss something in the slack tub and it goes "thump...hissss")
  7. Dragon breath color ?

    A few observations and ideas- Looks in the VERY breif clip to be a Chile Forge. If so we can rule out low grade manufacturing errors. If not perhaps some ebay idiot is selling burners with copper flares? It could be camera wash out of the high temp colors. Did you observe this in person or just on youtube? If this were the dragon's breath coming out of my forge in my shop observed by the naked eye I'd shut down and check for the buring zinc or hot copper part that snuck in there somehow. I'm not sure if what looks like 3M half mask with a particulate/carbon/acid filter on it would save me from burning metals. Again, I'd stop and read up on what the filters work for. I'd also read the SDS for the flux (if there is flux involved). EVERY commercial material sold in North America should have a readily available Safety Data Sheet. All you have to do is ask the supplier. So you know what is in the stuff you are melting and breathing. The few times I have forged "weathering steel" (Cor-Ten) the dragon's breath has looked similar. That particular steel alloy has notable percentages of aluminum and copper. Perhaps he's using some weird alloy? Note that Cor-ten is NOT a good tool steel.
  8. Shop crane

    I like it. Well done. I have a commercially produced 1/2 ton jib crane that swings over my assembly table and smaller drill press and into some of my open floor space. It's epoxied and base plate is grouted to the concrete floor and needs no other connection to the building if installed per mfg. instructions. Wish it was bigger like yours. A shop built gantry crane is in the works for me. One question- How do you keep the snow from drifting in 4 feet deep with the open walls of your shop? Winter is coming...(grin)
  9. What Did You do in the Shop Today?

    Nice bits on those tongs. Well done.
  10. Wow, if that's not a museum is should be!
  11. Looks like a home made or kit hammer to me.
  12. Many manufacturers had holes thru the frame. That's not a Fairbanks. Looks like a Dienelt&Eisenhardt to me, but with it's SA location some sort of Goliath might make more sense.
  13. ID help

    I said no to a running 300# Beaudry about 7 years ago for $4k. I didn't have space or work for it then, and I've been kicking myself for not going for it ever since. If you don't want that one let me know.
  14. It followed me home

    They put that in the scrap bin and then worry about invoicing an employee for "scrap" worth less than $10? Weird. Penny wise pound foolish?
  15. Leaf work, cracks at top of stem

    Looks like you need to grind a slightly bigger radius onto the corner of your anvil. Either your hammer or the anvil edge is shearing off a little portion of the shoulder of your workpiece and smooshing it down into the neck area. This causes what blacksmiths call a cold shut or engineers call a stress riser. Thus the crack and breakage. A few hundred more pieces and you should gain the hammer control to avoid this without tool alteration. Either way works, but the key is practice, practice, practice...